I designed this unit to use to cover many different things that I love to do in my own classroom. I like to use activities that are common core aligned for my full and small group reading. I also like to use close reading techniques to promote critical thinking skills. I like to use real literature to do compare and contrasts, character studies, story elements, retelling,and comprehension. Using real literature, I also like to build vocabulary that is used in the story, making the vocabulary "come to life" by using it in context. This unit uses the beloved story of the "Elves and the Shoemaker" to hit all of the tasks listed above as well as some really fun extras that will be great for centers or guided reading "warm-up" activities!
In this unit you will find the following:
Story elements section:
-5 Story elements anchor charts (characters, setting, plot, problem and solution)
-5 different story elements foldables (characters, settings, retelling-beginning middle and end, key vocabulary, problem and solution)
- story elements interactive booklet: settings, characters, story sequencing, problem and solution in a cute interactive booklet
Response to literature writing tasks:
Favorite character, favorite part of the story, 3 different making a connection writing prompts (If I were the Shoemaker, The Elves in My House, When the Clock Strikes Midnight)
Surveys and Data collection section:
- 4 different pocket chart surveys (Did you like the story? Who is your favorite character? Would you like to have elves in your house? Do you think Elves will return to the Shoemaker’s shop?) Included: student response slip for graphing, Question and other headers for pocket chart and a data recording and examination answer sheet for each of the 4 surveys.
-vocabulary for the story: full and half page sheets, pocket chart/word wall set of the words with pictures.
-counting syllables of the vocabulary words and response sheet so that it may be put in a center.
Character Study section:
-foldables for each character
-T-charts (is, has, does) for each character
-a series of Venn Diagrams for comparing and contrasting characters
-circle and bubble maps for each character in color and black and white
-paper bag puppets for each character
-retelling interactive booklet (with a handy pocket to store the puppets in when not using!)
-pocket chart retelling cards
-story telling dice – 4 different ones
-retelling crown (My kids love crowns, so I had to include this!)
-Roll, Say, Keep games with upper/lowercase letters and beginning sounds cards
-Mixed up sentences activity with response sheet
-Beginning sound clip cards with response sheet
-CVC word building activity, included: word building mats, candy cane letters, CVC foldable word cards (made to be self-checking) and response sheet.
- “Write the Room” activity (using key story vocabulary) and 2 different response sheet for differentiation
All of the activities are aligned to common core.
Common Core standards:
RL.1.1 I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text. RL.1.2 I can identify the main topic and key details in a text.
RL.1.3 I can describe character, setting, and major events in a story.
RL.1.5 I can explain the differences between fiction and nonfiction text.
RL.1.7 I can use details in a story to describe characters, settings, and events.
RL.1.9 I can compare and contrast characters in stories.
W.1.1 I can write about my opinion and supply a reason.
W.1.5 I can respond to a writing prompt.
W.1.8 I can write about my experiences.
L.1.4 I can use context clues to figure out the meaning of a word or phrase.
1.MD.4 I can gather and interpret data and answer questions like how many?, how many more or less?
They provide your students with engaging, interactive activities that promote understanding of many different reading elements. Many also promote higher level critical thinking opportunities that will make your readers think and obtain a deeper understanding of the text that they are studying! Your students will love the activities!